Sergio Corbucci

Sergio Corbucci

writer, director, actor

Sergio Corbucci was born on Dec 06, 1926 in Italy. Sergio Corbucci's big-screen debut came with Terra straniera directed by Sergio Corbucci in 1954. Sergio Corbucci is known for Bello mio bellezza mia directed by Sergio Corbucci, Giancarlo Giannini stars as Gennarino Laganà and Mariangela Melato as Armida. Sergio Corbucci has got 1 awards and 1 nominations so far. The most recent award Sergio Corbucci achieved is Boston Society of Film Critics Awards. The upcoming new movie Sergio Corbucci plays is Rimini Rimini which will be released on Jul 14, 1988.

Sergio Corbucci was born on December 6, 1926, in Rome, Italy. He entered grade school with thoughts of becoming a businessman, but after earning a college degree in economics he took an abrupt detour into the world of cinema. Corbucci began his career as a film critic, first for the Italian film journal magazine "Schermi del Mondo" and later for the US Army newspaper "Stars and Stripes" during World War II.Corbucci made his directorial debut with Salvate mia figlia (1951) and quickly made a name for himself as a capable and efficient filmmaker. His ability to make large-scale action sequences with a minimal budget kept him in demand as an assistant director as well. It was on one such assignment, while filming with a second unit in Spain for friend and director Sergio Leone on Les derniers jours de Pompéi (1959), that Corbucci claims that the idea for the so-called "spaghetti western" was born. Seeing the landscape of Spain with its wild horses, extraordinary canyons and semi-desert landscapes--which looked a lot like Mexico or Texas--Corbucci suggested making an American Wild West-themed film in Spain. He then directed his first western in Spain just before Leone completed the ground-breaking Pour une poignée de dollars (1964).Corbucci found early success in Italy by directing films in a number of different genres, as disparate as Toto, Peppino et la douceur de vivre (1961)--a slapstick comedy spoof of Federico Fellini's box-office hit La dolce vita (1960)--as well as Romulus et Remus (1961) (aka "Duel of the Titans") and Maciste contre le fantôme (1961). He also wrote screenplays for a few seminal horror films, such as Danse Macabre (1964) starring Barbara Steele, which he also co-directed. However, it was his Massacre au Grand Canyon (1964) that began a new path to his career to direct more spaghetti westerns. "Massacre at Grand Canyon"--which Corbucci co-directed, under the pseudonym Stanley Corbett. with Albert Band--differed little from the American westerns of that time, but his subsequent films would set a new and bold standard for on-screen violence and establish him as one of the most influential Italian directors of the Spaghetti Western.L'homme du Minnesota (1964), starring Cameron Mitchell, was Corbucci's next film in the genre and and his first Spaghetti Western to be distributed in the US under the director's own name. It was a moderate success, but Corbucci's next Spaghetti Western would break box-office records worldwide and brand his name in Western history alongside Sergio Leone. "A Fistful of Dollars' may have sparked the international popularity of the Spaghetti Western, but Corbucci's Django (1966) brought an entirely new level of style to the genre. The ultra-violent masterpiece not only signaled a move toward an even grittier and more nihilistic brand of Western, but it picture established a lasting relationship between Corbucci and the film's star, Franco Nero.After the success of "Django", Corbucci embarked on a trail of directing more Italian Western films and quickly became one of the more prolific filmmakers in the genre. His subsequent Spaghetti Westerns, Ringo au pistolet d'or (1966) (Johnny Oro), Les cruels (1967) (Hellbenders) and Navajo Joe (1966) were filmed and released in quick succession to great success in Italy. His next Western was Le Grand Silence (1968), which referred to Django as an "anti-Western" with the hero moving through cold rather than heat and fighting in the mud and snow rather than sweat and dust. It starred Jean-Louis Trintignant as a mute gunslinger and Klaus Kinski as a sadistic bounty hunter. The innovative script, which was co-written by Corbucci, makes great use of mountain locations (it was filmed in northern Italy in the snow-covered area of Cortina), and showed Corbucci edging close to the new type of political Westerns he is best known for.His next Western film was Le mercenaire (1968), which would began his semi-genre with what he called the "Zapata-Spaghetti Westerns" or proletarian fables, where the bad guys are on the right and the good guys are on the left. By setting the story in Mexico and fleshing out his characters with political awareness, Corbucci's intent became more clear and his left-wing political statements became more explicit. After directing the semi-successful Le Spécialiste (1969), Corbucci re-teamed up with Franco Nero again with Compañeros (1970), which was his last box-office success and stands as one of the most accomplished Spaghetti Westerns, with a combination of humor, pathos, comic book-style action, and political commentary.During the 1970s Corbucci made three more Spaghetti Westerns, but the popularity of the genre began to die out. Of the three, only Far West Story (1972) stands out as one of the best in the late series genre Italian Westerns as a Bonnie & Clyde type fable. Mais qu'est-ce que je viens foutre au milieu de cette révolution? (1972) is almost a parody of his Zapata-Spaghetti Westerns, while Le Blanc, le Jaune et le Noir (1975) is married by racial stereotypes of Japanese characters and was not well received.By the late 1970s, with the era of Spaghetti Westerns over, Corbucci turned his film making career to comedy and found some success with, Bluff (1976) and Un drôle de flic (1980). He continued to work off and on during the 1980s with comedies, until his death from a sudden heart attack on the late evening of December 1, 1990 at age 63. His last film was the made-for-Italian-TV-movie Donne armate (1991), which was completed a few months before his death as his health was starting to fail. Sergio Corbucci is remembered for revolutionizing the Spaghetti Western genre which was popularized by his friend Sergio Leone, who passed away a little over a year before Corbucci.

  • Birthday

    Dec 06, 1926
  • Place of Birth

    Rome, Lazio, Italy

Known For


1 wins & 1 nominations

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
Best Rediscoveries
Winner - Special Award

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